And the theme of this competition is also unique: Magic of Hands.' It can be anything about the magic of hands -- from a mother's hand gently patting the child, a soldier's strong hands with a gun on the border, the blooming mudras of a dancer, and so on.
The national-level competition is being held in connection with the forthcoming 12th Triennial Congress of International Federation of Societies for Surgery of Hand (IFSSH) and the 9th Triennial Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT), slated in March in Delhi. It is for the 1st time in history that these two events are coming to this part of the world. About 1500 delegates, including around 1000 from overseas, will participate in the event being held at the India Expo Centre from 4th to 8th March.
More than that, it is an attempt to create awareness about the magical powers of hands among the students, according to Dr. Rakesh Khazanchi, Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. He is also the Secretary of the IFSSH- IFSHT 2013 Congress Committee.
"For many it will be a surprise that there are some doctors who specialize in operating on the problems of the hands. But if one realizes how sophisticated one's hands are, then it will not be a surprise. It requires skills and long years of training to specialize in this area," he says.
"We all live by our hands. Even in this technologically advanced computer age, we are not able to make a very good functioning hand which can be used by everybody. While we can make artificial legs and make a man climb Mount Everest, we are nowhere close to making an artificial hand", he adds.
"Such a valuable hand may be lost in an accident or due to some disease. We learn about the value of hand only when we see someone without it. The magic of hands is surely a theme that we should take note of. This competition is an attempt in this direction," says Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy, Chairman, Dept of Plastic, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He is the Chairman of the IFSSH-IFSHT 2013 Congress Committee.
This competition is open for students of classes 6 to 9. A maximum of 20 students are invited to participate from one school. The students also need to give a title to their painting by penning a few lines about what made them draw it. The last date for submission of entries is February 12.
Top 50 paintings will be selected by a panel of eminent judges. This will be communicated to the winners by 15th of February. The shortlisted students will then attend an authentication camp where they will reproduce their paintings.
Apart from the theme, what makes it attractive is the prize money. The students who pass this test will be awarded Rs. 10, 000 each. Of these paintings, an outstanding one will be chosen. The artist of this painting will be awarded with Rs. 20,000 while the school of that student will receive Rs. 5 lakhs.
These 50 paintings will be published in a book, entitled ‘Magic of Hands', along with the title and names of the artists and their schools. This book is to be released at the Congress.
Conference Organizing Chairman
Dr S Raja Sabapathy
Dept of Plastic, Hand& Reconstructive Microsurgery
Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore.
Conference Organizing Secretary
Dr. Rakesh Khazanchi
Dept of Plastic Surgery
Medanta Hospital, New Delhi.
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Source: MD Niche